The Size Distribution of Trans-Neptunian Bodies*

@article{Bernstein2004TheSD,
  title={The Size Distribution of Trans-Neptunian Bodies*},
  author={G. Bernstein and D. Trilling and R. Allen and M. Brown and M. Holman and R. Malhotra},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={128},
  pages={1364-1390}
}
  • G. Bernstein, D. Trilling, +3 authors R. Malhotra
  • Published 2004
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • We search 0.02 deg 2 of the invariable plane for trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) 25 AU or more distant using the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. With 22 ks per pointing, the search is more than 50% complete for m606W � 29:2. Three new objects are discovered, the faintest with mean magnitude m ¼ 28:3 (diameter � 25 km), which is 3 mag fainter than any previously well-measured solar system body. Each new discovery is verified with a follow-up 18 ks observation… CONTINUE READING

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